Picking paint always makes me nervous.

I can never tell from a paint chip in a hardware store what it’s going to look like on the wall.

Then when I start to smear it on the wall it always always looks terrible. I have to force myself to withhold judgment until it dries. Even then things only turn out all right in the end about half the time. The light is a lot different in a hardware store.

And I could have gone lighter here. But I think it’ll be okay.

And in any case it’s only paint. I hated the old exterior color, and still put up with it for two years and nobody died.

There’s still some trim to do around the windows, but the walls are basically done.

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14 Responses to Picking paint always makes me nervous.

  1. jabrwok says:

    You’ve done an impressive job with the Lair, but it just feels wrong to see what looks like the inside of an average suburban house. There should be exposed logs and lots of stone…

    Still, I imagine this will be easier to keep clean:-).

  2. Joel says:

    I’m sort of going through an adjustment period myself. It does look distressingly normal.

  3. Claire says:

    Nobody else can choose colors well from little paint chips, either, Joel. Man, the paint samples I go through before I get it right! (And I have the luxury of a paint store a mile away that sells me pre-mixed samples to try at home.)

    Your place is looking good. Even without the rustic wood, which I kind of miss in that room, too.

  4. Ben says:

    I had a friend who built this fabulous rustic house on stilts in a swampy lot. It was like a tree house, only with lots of windows so you could enjoy the scenery. Everything in the place was rustic, including a massive table laboriously built from driftwood. Their bedroom, sorta like Joel’s, had plain plaster walls and ordinary bedroom furniture. In fact, it looked like an ordinary motel room! Their reasoning? They didn’t want a steady diet of rustic.

  5. Kentucky says:

    When you do the window trim and whatever other wood trim you put up, you can do it in stained/varnished wood for a little nice contrast, and than hang some appropriate desert hermit stuff on the walls.

    Perhaps some nice feed-sack curtains, if that’s not pushing it.

    You’ll make it your own soon enough.

  6. Judy says:

    Looks pretty good to me. I note the plastic drop cloth is pretty clean too. Like Kentucky said trim it out in a nice contrast and it will bother you less.

    You said you were going to paint the bed-frame. I’m wondering if that contrasting color would be a good choice. Others with more decorating experience/sense might have better ideas. Decorating is not my forte.

  7. Norman says:

    The good thing about paint, if there is any such thing, is that another layer can be applied in nearly any color (although lighter colors over darker frequently require more coats) pretty much anytime one desires. And paint, despite becoming more pricey, is still the cheapest (and easiest) major remodel; I’m always surprised at how different a room can seem with different color paint.

    I’ve learned that a pure, bright white ceiling is about the only mandatory component, and that colors can be tried out on one wall at a time. Paint chips are worthless, and the little 6 ounce “test mix” jars don’t cover enough area to make good decisions from; doing most of a wall with a quart will tell me if it’s worth buying a gallon(s) more of it, doing one wall doesn’t involve moving a lot of furniture, and sacrificing one roller cover is a small testing expense (I don’t cut in when trying colors). I’ve seen too many colors that look great in a paint store but after being greeted by it several mornings in a row decided it was a mistake.

  8. MamaLiberty says:

    Oh Norman, so true about light colors not covering dark stuff well. Long ago, my first husband and I rented a really cute little house. The only problem was that all the interior walls had been painted a dark purple. It took three coats of white to turn that into a rather nice shade of lavender, not a color I’d have chosen. But the landlord wouldn’t spring for any more paint and we couldn’t afford to buy it ourselves. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of choice about the color you wind up with. 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like it a lot. Pray tell how you are going to close the backdoor gap between door and floor. I’m thinking critters will flood in to get cozy during the winter.

  10. Joel says:

    Pray tell how you are going to close the backdoor gap between door and floor.

    Er…honestly I’m still working on that, and it became an unanticipated problem. I bought a threshold and door sweep, but the threshold turned out too high at its lowest setting. I think I’ll be getting a wooden threshold and possibly running it through a neighbor’s table saw.

    I do have weather sealing for the stop molding, I just haven’t gotten around to installing it.

  11. gojuplyr says:

    I used to mix automotive paint for a living. We had thousands of paint chips for guys looking to semi-customize a paint job. The problem is the store lighting. Fluorescent lacks the variety of light frequencies as sunlight. Take the chips outside into sunlight to get a better idea of how they will look. Also realize that other colors in the room can influence how your eyes perceive the color of the paint. Scientists have a fancy name for this. I am not a scientist.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Pray tell…if the door swings in — an easy fix is to make a sleeve using two lengths of foam tubing (used to insulate pipes) the sleeve is hemmed to allow exactly one foam tube the same width as the door to be inserted, plus fabric the exact width of bottom of door, and then another hem allowing for second tube. Works great.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Pray tell…if the door does in fact open into the closet, I’ll make it for you. Just tell me the width of the door and the thickness. Also I used canvas for mine, if that’s ok for you, what color would you like.

To the stake with the heretic!